5 best looking laptops this year
All about the image? Fashion-savvy students can find laptops that have both style and substance with our pick of the best-looking options.
- MacBook Air
In a nutshell: Super-light, skinnier than a skinny latte and achingly hip Apple design – loved by hipsters and creatives
Whip the MacBook Air from your bag and expect a few jealous glances. And rightly so: It just looks cool. All slim, sleek and minimalist – it’s the epitome of geek chic.
It was the first truly thin laptop with a metal casing, and changed the way laptops were designed in general. It can be slipped into the slinkiest of satchels at 17mm thick – and at just a smidgen over 1kg it doesn’t matter if your textbooks are heavy, because your laptop’s not.
MacBook Air is wrapped in a single piece of shiny, silver aluminium called the unibody. The black, island-style keys look cool against the aluminium body. And they’re as nice to use as they are to look at – particularly when bashing out long essays. It’s backlit too, for showing off when pulling a late library sesh.
The design has remained similar for a few years now. But this is a true design classic, and if it ain’t broke…
- HP Spectre x360
In a nutshell: A laptop that turns into a tablet but still manages to looks quite beautiful
Laptops that can switch into tablet mode are called 2-in-1s. Historically these haven’t been known for their killer looks.
But now we have a 2-in-1 that’s supermodel stunning withthe HP Spectre x360. It’s one of the first 2-in-1s to look like a typical high-end laptop.
It’s got the polished aluminium body, and the super thin design (15.9mm).
It runs the latest version of Windows. Which is designed to get the best from tablets as well as laptops.
Flip the screen over on its 2 rotating hinges until it rests against the back of the keyboard. Then you have a touchscreen tablet.
The hinges also move smoothly. They’re not going to cramp your style. Nor do they protrude from the back of the laptop – you won’t even notice them.
The screen is incredibly good looking too. Detail is sharp and colours vibrant thanks to the Full HD resolution.
- Asus ZenBook UX305
In a nutshell: A super-thin laptop for those on a budget
Pining for a MacBook Air but can’t match the price tag?
The Asus ZenBook UX305 is an incredibly thin and light Windows laptop.
It’s actually thinner than the MacBook Air, and at 12.3mm thick it’ll slide into the slimmest of satchels. How can it be so thin? Processors get hot and need fans to keep them cool. But this laptop uses Intel’s Core M processor which doesn’t need a cooling fan.
Black never goes out of fashion, and can be accessorised with anything. So the laptop’s black aluminium finish gets the thumbs up. It’s pretty timeless, and pretty tough.
It’s made from 2 pieces of aluminium though, unlike the single piece design of the MacBook Air.
- HP Stream
In a nutshell: Cool, colourful, lightweight laptop that screams fun
Could a laptop ever be cute? With the Stream, HP shows it kind of can.
Out of the window goes sleek brushed aluminium design and sophisticated monochrome colours. In come soft-touch plastic and bright blue and purple.
It’s certainly bold and eye-catching. Fun, rather than elegant.
But they’re not all work and no play. It runs Windows and comes with a free 1-year subscription to Microsoft Office.
They’re dinky too. The 11-inch model is around 20mm thick and weighs under 1.3kg. Perfect for carrying around campus.
- Toshiba Chromebook 2
In a nutshell: One of the best looking Chromebooks around with a brilliant screen
Prefer a budget laptop with a more sophisticated vibe? The Toshiba Chromebook 2 is a classy number for a bargain price.
Chromebooks are based on Google’s online services, such as its word processing software Docs, cloud storage Drive and movies and music hub Play Store.
It’s got a similar look to the MacBook Air, albeit covered in silver-coloured plastic rather than aluminium.
Either way, it looks pretty smart. It’s super-thin too – less than 20mm thick. Your shoulders won’t mind it going in your backpack at 1.35kg.
The screen is the best thing about the Chromebook 2. You’ll be known for the sharpest Netflix in halls thanks to the Full HD resolution.
Want more? Browse our entire laptop range